Maine Wills

1640-1760

 The Will of Daniel Godfrey

 From York County Probate Records, Volume Eight (1705-53)

The Will of Daniel Godfrey

   In the Name of God Amen. The twenty fifth Day of December Anno Domini 1750, I Daniel Godfrey of Falmouth in the County of York & Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Housewright, being very weak in Body but of sound & disposing Mind & Memory, Thanks be given to God, therefore calling to mind the Mortality of my Body & knowing that is is appointed for all men once to die Do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament, that is to say principally and first of all, I give & recommend my Soul into the Hands of God that gave it, and my Body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in Christian Burial, at the Discretion of my Executr hereafter named, nothing doubting but at the General Resurrectn I Shall receive the Same again by the mighty Power of God. And as touching Such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life, I give demise & dispose of the Same in the following Manner & Form.

   Impr. My Will is that all my just Debts Charges of Doctors with my funeral Charges be paid & discharged in the first place out of my Estate.

   Item. I give & bequeath unto my well beloved Brother Joseph Godfrey five Shillings lawful Money to be paid by Mr Executor after my Decease.

   Item. I give & bequeath unto my well beloved Sister Mary Godfrey five Shillings lawful Money to be paid by my Executor after my Decease.

   Item, I give & bequeath unto my well beloved Sister Hannah Allen five Shillings lawful Money to be paid by my Executor after my Decease.

   Item. I give & bequeath unto my well beloved Sister Sarah Godfrey five Shillings lawful Money to be paid by my Executr after my Decease.

   Item. I give & bequeath unto my well beloved Brother Benja Godfrey all my personal Estate.

   Item. I give and bequeath also to my well beloved Brother Benjamin Godfrey, all my real Estate in Fee, to be by him frealy possed and enjoyed. Furthermore I hereby constitute & appoint my well beloved Brother Benjamin Godfrey aforesd Sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament. And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke & disannul all & every other former Testaments Wills Legacys & Bequests & Executors by me in any Ways before named willed & bequeathed, ratifying & confirming this and no other to be my last Will & Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal ye Day & Year first herein mentioned,

Signed Sealed published pronounced
   & Declared by ye Said Danl God-
   frey as his last Will and Testamt
   in ye Presence of us the Subscribers
   Thomas Haskell, Charles Gerrish, Saml Conant.
Daniel Godfrey (Seal)
   Probated 2 July 1753. Inventory returned 23 July 1753, at £437: 4: 7, by Thomas Haskell, William Bucknam and Charles Gerrish, appraisers.

Source: Maine Wills, 1640-1760 (Portland, Me., 1887), p. 709, citing Probate Office, 8, 239.

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